On the Brink of Famine in the World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis

In the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, women and girls shoulder the greatest burden. They are more likely to have become migrants. They are caregivers for COVID-19 patients. Women and girls are at greater risk of violence, including child marriage. And, they are less and less able to get the care they need. And…

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Gender Equality, No Matter What

What is gender equality?  Gender equality is when men, women, and those identifying as other genders have the same opportunities, rights, and responsibilities. However, the world we live in today does not offer the same chances to women and non-binary people as it does to men. The degree of this inequality varies and is often a result…

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5 Things to Know About the Emergency in Tigray

Tigray is a region in northern Ethiopia that sits between the country of Eritrea to the north and the Amhara region to the south. Since November 2020, conflict has been unfolding in Ethiopia between the national government in Addis Ababa and the regional government of Tigray. Friends of UNFPA and UNFPA participated in a panel with the…

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Two kits for Mother’s Day: the lifesaving power of UNFPA emergency birthing kits and mama kits

Every day, mothers around the world make sacrifices -from juggling a difficult career to migrating to a new country– so their children can have safer, healthier lives. But even becoming a mother is dangerous.  Today, 808 women die every day from preventable causes during pregnancy and childbirth. 86% of those women live in Sub-Saharan…

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UNFPA Around the World: Washington D.C.

Friends of UNFPA Chief Executive Officer, Amanda Seller, spoke with UNFPA Washington D.C. Director, Sarah Craven, about the joy of supporting sexual and reproductive health, the challenges of funding this essential work, and what U.S. support for UNFPA means for women and girls. You can watch the full…

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Deadly Fire Puts Rohingya Refugees at Further Risk

A fire in a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh on Monday, March 22nd, has killed eleven people and jeopardized women’s health and safety.  More than three years have passed since over 700,000 Rohingya refugees fled violence in Myanmar into crowded camps in neighboring Bangladesh. Camp residents continue…

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From child bride to UNFPA midwife saving women’s lives in Afghanistan

CHISHTI SHARIF, Herat province, Afghanistan –  At 14, she was married. By her 15th birthday, she had borne her first child. But Amina Mansoory’s story does not end in the way all too common with early marriage and childbearing. “Although my father wed me off early, he told…

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Friends of UNFPA Statement on Murders in Georgia and Increasing Violence Against Asian-Americans

Friends of UNFPA is appalled by the increasing number of hate crimes committed against the Asian community in the United States, particularly the recent murders in Georgia. That the victims of this violent and dreadful attack were primarily Asian women demonstrates the deadly implications of racism and misogyny.  Nearly 3,800 instances of discrimination…

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The War on Women and Girls in Syria

This week, the conflict in Syria will have been ongoing for a decade. In that time, 500,000 people have been killed, millions of people have been forced to leave their homes including to other countries, and countless lives have been forever changed. 11 million people are in need of humanitarian aid in…

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Syrians, No Matter What

What is happening in Syria’s Civil War?   By March 15, 2021, the Syrian Civil War will have been ongoing for ten years. The conflict began when the Syrian government arrested and tortured a group of children who had painted anti-government graffiti on a school. One boy was killed. This became the spark and an ominous sign for Syria’s Arab Spring…

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